Reconciling With the Past in a Modern Chapel in Berlin, Germany
The elegant Chapel of Reconciliation sits on a scar left by the demolition of the Berlin Wall. Off the beaten path of the main tourist sites, it is a modest masterpiece of contemporary architecture. A rammed earth prayer room is surrounded by an open-air galleria, loosely enclosed by wood planks. The play of light and shadow streaming through this space is absolutely stunning. The small grounds around the chapel are farmed and there is a display showcasing the history of the site and the design competition for the building. This is a perfect place for a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of downtown Berlin—especially if you are interested in architecture or the history of the wall.